What does it mean to come together and build hope? After all, that’s our campaign theme. There must be something behind it.
Come Together. It is only when we come together and combine our abilities, money, and efforts that we can launch the ministry of Hope House, providing a refuge to parents and families who are grieving the loss of a child. It is only because several couples who were and will always be grieving parents came together and shared their compassion and dreams for others going through similar pain. Alone, each of us can accomplish very little. Together, we can build hope.
Build Hope. We aren’t the suppliers of hope, but we can build an environment in which hope resides. We can stand side by side and put structure to a refuge of hope. We can put together the foundation, frame, and walls which hope fills. Then, as each person and family enters the doors of Hope House, they will find hope. They can soak in hope and carry it with them even after they leave Hope House.
It’s time to come together and build hope.
A small team of volunteers is currently making follow-up calls to reach out to people who might be willing to financially support Hope House. Sometimes we know the people we’re calling. Some of the calls are cold calls, which some people prefer not to make, while others prefer cold calls over calling people they know. Both types of calls have risks. What if a friend is offended you ask for financial support, and the result is awkwardness in the friendship? What if someone gets irritated to get a phone call from a stranger and says something negative about Hope House?
But the worse scenario to consider is: What if we don’t contact people about Hope House? What if Hope House of Central Illinois doesn’t become a reality simply because we try to avoid discomfort of contacting people? Or because we don’t think we have the time to volunteer? Or because we’re not willing to donate?
If we’re not willing, what will happen to the hundreds of families who are impacted by the loss of a child every year just in our small area of the world, not to mention those that live within a drive or flight away from the refuge of Hope House?
So, are you willing?
- Are you willing to pick up the phone when someone from Hope House calls, take time for a brief conversation in the store, or share what you know about Hope House with others?
- Are you willing to give a portion of the tax refund you weren’t counting on?
- Are you willing to forego your own family vacation to allow a grieving family a vacation-of-sorts to take time out to heal?
- Are you willing to ask the business where you work to get involved and support Hope House?
- Are you willing to sacrificially give?
Consider what you’re willing to do. Contact us with questions, or give directly through this website if you’re ready and willing.
We thank you!
Last month, we announced the Hope House of Central Illinois capital campaign was suspended due to the tornado relief efforts in Taylorville, where Hope House will be built. We had already received some preliminary commitments and had just mailed hundreds of brochures and letters when the tornado ripped through our community. We knew we needed to pause what we were doing to focus on the more immediate needs.
We are now excited to let you know our campaign has resumed! If you received a mailing in late November, you can anticipate a call from one of our campaign team members to chat about how you can get involved. We currently have commitments of nearly $135,000 of the $350,250 needed to begin the building process.
We need your help! Can you sacrificially give and help us break ground soon? The sooner we break ground and begin building, the sooner we are able to invite families grieving the loss of a child to come to Hope House and find refuge with hope as they heal.
You can give through this website via Pay Pal or contact us anytime with questions.